September 12, 2008

About the IPN



The I.P.N. (International Preparedness Network) is a New York City based not-for-profit NGO (Non Governmental Organization) that began as a F.E.M.A. civilian emergency preparedness managers program called the New York Preparedness Network, back in November, 1989.  At the time, its specific mission was to train civilians to avoid, mitigate against, respond to and recover from natural, environmental, technological and civil disasters.  Since then, its mission and agenda has expanded significantly.

The I.P.N. now also:

…Monitors and reports critical environmental & public health and safety related issues to its members and the general public. 

… Designs its own specialized emergency preparedness & self-reliance related equipment.

… Gathers and distributes vital intelligence to its members regarding developing geopolitical crises, pending disasters, terrorism.

In addition, the I.P.N. now includes chapters in twelve states and thirty cities across America, and thirty-two more around the World.  It has also created a special program called “Ikhaya-Eco” (formerly One Nation Earth) that is designed to provide emergency preparedness related assistance to impoverished communities in developing nations.

Ikhaya-Eco Program Logo

The Ikhaya-Eco Program

The I.P.N. Ikhaya-Eco program will help them to design and construct inexpensive, disaster resistant structures fabricated (in many cases) from locally available waste materials,  build and operate water purification and/or filtration plants, small renewable energy power stations, emergency response teams (emergency call boxes), and emergency communications and transportation systems.

These technological mechanisms can help to dramatically diminish the impact of natural disasters on impoverished communities in developing nations.

The I.P.N. utilizes a protocol called “ia” (Improvisational Adaptation), the most comprehensive emergency preparedness/self-reliance program ever developed.  It will offer people around the world a system that will allow them to maintain their safety during all types of natural, technological, environmental, biological and civil disasters.

“ia” offers dynamic and flexible, survival methods that enable you to avoid, mitigate against, respond to and recover from practically any type of disaster.    The I.P.N. created a formula to express it:

“Preventative measures that are taken for each crisis are directly proportional to their frequency P= and inversely proportional to their average magnitude.”

P = Preventative measures, F =frequency, M =average magnitude.   Analytically stated, P= F/M. The I.P.N. Executive Director Aton Edwards modeled the “ia” program from the most efficient organic mechanisms ever created, the animal (human) cell and the human body.   A cell is designed to function as a self-contained unit that employs internal mechanisms (such as the mitochondrion) to provide it with energy (ATP) and the cell membrane for protection.

Like a human (animal) cell, IA practitioners become self-contained, individual units designed for autonomous function.   And, in the same way the internal organs of the human body work together to maintain homeostasis; they utilize methods, tools and skills that enable the regulation and maintenance of stability within their living environments during disasters.

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